The Nationals announced the signing of 24 players selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft two weeks ago, but first-rounder, and 18th overall selection, Erick Fedde and second-rounder Andrew Suarez remained unsigned. Third-rounder Jakson Reetz, considered the best high school catcher of the draft, headlines the group. According to MLB.com, Reetz signed for above slot at $800,000. The assigned value for the 93rd overall pick was $567,300, but Reetz had negotiating leverage with an offer to play baseball at the University of Nebraska.
The Nationals have until July 18 to sign their draft picks. Fedde is advised by Scott Boras, who has a strong relationship with Nationals ownership and front office, and also represents several Nationals players. The assigned signing bonus value for the 18th pick is $2,145,600. Fedde, a star junior pitcher at the UNLV whose draft value was hurt because of his elbow injury, underwent Tommy John surgery two days before the Nationals selected him.
The Nationals are also bullish on Suarez, a junior from the University of Miami who throws in the low 90s. The assigned signing bonus value for the No. 57 pick is $987,800. The Nationals began their negotiations in earnest with their top two picks over the weekend.
Notable among the signings is 15th-rounder Ryan Ripkin, Cal Ripken’s son and a 6-foot-6, 230-pound slugger from Indian River State. The Nationals have the eighth-smallest signing bonus pool at $5.275 million for rounds 1-10. A team is penalized if it spends more than its cap amount.
Below is a list of drafted players, with signed players in bold:
RD PICK PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 (18) Erick Fedde RHP UNLV
2 (57) Andrew Suarez LHP Miami
3 (93) Jakson Reetz C Norris (NE) HS
4 (124) Robbie Dickey RHP Blinn (TX) JC
5 (154) Drew Van Orden RHP Duke
6 (184) Austen Williams RHP Texas State
7 (214) Dale Carey CF Miami
8 (244) Jeff Gardner LF Louisville
9 (274) Austin Byler 1B Nevada-Reno
10 (304) Matthew Page RF Oklahoma Baptist
11 (334) Weston Davis RHP Manatee (FL) HS
12 (364) Domenick Mancini RHP Miami (FL) Dade CC
13 (394) Austin Davidson 3B Pepperdine
14 (424) James Bourque RHP Michigan
15 (454) Ryan Ripken 1B Indian River (FL) St. JC
16 (484) Cole Plouck LHP Pima (AZ) CC
17 (514) Alec Keller CF Princeton
18 (544) McKenzie Mills LHP Sprayberry (GA) HS
19 (574) Clay Williamson RF Cal State-Fullerton
20 (604) Bryan Langlois RF Pepperdine
21 (634) Connor Bach LHP VMI
22 (664) Daniel Salters C Dallas (TX) Baptist
23 (694) Chris Riopedre SS East Tennessee St.
24 (724) Kyle Simmons RHP Texas Lutheran
25 (754) Kyle Bacak C TCU
26 (784) Chase McDowell RHP Rice
27 (814) Conor Keniry SS Wake Forest
28 (844) Kida De La Cruz RHP Volunteer State (TN) CC
29 (874) D.J. Jauss RHP U-Mass.
30 (904) Tyler Mapes RHP Tulane
31 (934) Samuel Johns RHP U. of Evansville (IN)
32 (964) Elliott Cary CF Clackamas (OR) HS
33 (994) Clay Casey CF DeSoto Central (MS) HS
34 (1024 Evan Skoug C Libertyville (IL) HS
35 (1054) Tommy Doyle RHP Flint Hill (VA) School
36 (1054) John Henry Styles LHP Episcopal (TX) HS
37 (1114) Quinn Brodey LHP Loyola (CA) HS
38 (1144) Stuart Fairchild RF Seattle (WA) Prep
39 (1174) John Littell OF Stillwater (OK) HS
40 (1204) Jacob Hill LHP Orange Coast (CA) CC